TEAMS: Big guns in for Crows, Suns unleash cult hero

DUAL Adelaide premiership pair Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall will play their first games together since the Crows' 2019 NAB AFL Women's flag against West Coast on Saturday. 

Randall, who will lead the Crows solo this season, missed all of last year with a torn ACL and will be reunited with her former co-captain who was limited to two matches in 2020. 

Gun Crows midfielder Ebony Marinoff has been named to tackle the Eagles after she was cleared of suspension, while draftees Teah Charlton and Ashleigh Woodland will debut. 

At the Eagles, Western Bulldogs recruit Aisling McCarthy will provide a midfield boost alongside highly rated draft prospect Bella Lewis. 

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Melbourne will unveil three debutants – Alyssa Bannan, Eliza McNamara and Megan Fitzsimon for its trip to Metricon Stadium to take on Gold Coast. 

Incredibly, Demons Irishwoman Sinead Goldrick has been named after exiting hotel quarantine last week. Defender Meg Downie will be sidelined for at least the first four rounds. 

Phillips and Randall's 2017 premiership teammate Sarah Perkins will be unveiled in Gold Coast colours for the first time as the Suns introduce Hannah Dunn as a co-captain alongside Sam Virgo.

Saturday, January 30

Gold Coast v Melbourne at Metricon Stadium, 2.10pm AEST

GOLD COAST

B: J.Pregelj 42, L.Ahrens 7        
HB:  E.Keaney 30, S.Watson 14, D.D'Arcy 20
C: C.Hammond 29, H.Dunn 24, M.Levi 6
HF: K.Surman 26, P.Parker 1, S.Perkins 28
F: B.Perry 16, J.Stanton 17
Foll: L.Bella 2, A.Drennan 33, L.Kaslar 11
I/C: L.Bradfield 10, D.Heslop 25, K.Howarth 23, L.Single 13, S.Virgo 22

Emerg: J.Baird 18, G.Bevan 27    

MELBOURNE

B: G.Colvin 32, L.Birch 9  
HB:
C.Emonson 11, D.Pearce 6, S.Heath 30
C:
E.McNamara 22, L.Mithen 14, C.Sherriff 18
HF:
S.Scott 12, K.Hore 10, J.Parry 19
F:
E.Zanker 29, K.Petrevski 31
Foll:
L.Pearce 15, K.Paxman 4, T.Hanks 5
I/C:
S.Goldrick 23, M.Fitzsimon 24, A.Bannan 16, T.Cunningham, 1 B.Tarrant 20  
Emerg:
N.McEvoy 17, M.Caris 21 

West Coast v Adelaide at Mineral Resources Park, 2.10pm AWST

WEST COAST

B: A.Ward 33, S.McDonald 35  
HB:
B.Smith 14, T.Bresland 20, M.Collier 8
C:
M.Bowen 1, A.McCarthy 11, I.Lewis 6
HF:  
S.Davison 28, N.Kelly 12, G.Kelly 15
F:
A.Gilmore 22, K.Gibson 2
Foll:
P.Laurie 25, D.Hooker 17, E.Swanson 13
I/C:
A.Atkins 9, B.Green 3, H.Bullas 24, C.Guard 4, D.Liddle 23  

Emerg: K.Orme 32, K.Pope 29  

ADELAIDE

B: L.Whiteley 22, S.Allan 39  
HB:
N.Allen 8, C.Randall 26, M.Rajcic 32
C:
J.Mules 23, A.Hatchard 33, A.Foley 3
HF:
E.Marinoff 10, E.Phillips 13, E.Jones 2
F:
A.Woodland 24, S.Thompson 14
Foll:
R.Metcalfe 11, H.Button 6, D.Ponter 15
I/C:
N.Gore 7, M.Newman 17, T.Charlton 25, C.Biddell 12, A.Considine 16  
Emerg:  
R.Forth 27, C.Gould 1 

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